Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review - Another

by Christian Robinson
Date: 2019
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 56
Format: e-book
Source: library

In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

What if you…
encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met another you?

What might you do?

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Another is a wordless picture book that details the adventures of a young girl who follows her cat through a portal into a world where everybody has a double.

It's fun to look at. The illustrations, done with a combination of painting and collage, are colourful and engaging. The children depicted are diverse.

But... this didn't wow me. I got the story, but it seemed a little sparse. The interaction between the girl and her double seemed almost like an afterthought; I thought more could've been done with that. Wordless picture books often tug on my heartstrings. This one didn't have much of an emotional impact at all, really.

It's definitely a nice book for representing lots of different kids. And it might make a nice winding-down book for bedtime. Other than that, though, I'm afraid I found this one a little forgettable.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: n/a
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.2 out of 5

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